Former Austin resident, Thad Beckman has been performing professionally for more than 30 years. His finely-crafted original songs are the story of life, the voice of modern America...from the growling delta blues of the Deep South to evocative contemporary folk...bound by the common thread of experience gleaned from the road. You can hear it in his voice....he's been there. Thad has opened for B.B. King, Albert Collins, The Band, Emmy Lou Harris, Dan Hicks, James Cotton, and many other performing artists. He has backed up Bo Diddley and The Shirelles. Most recently, Thad has toured with Tom Russell, backing him on guitar. Thad also tours throughout the US, Canada, and Europe in support of his own music. He has performed at numerous festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, and Waterfront Blues Festival. Thad has released 9 albums of original material and blues standards and has also written and published an instruction manual, The Beckman Method.
"...one of America’s best guitar players and a damn good songwriter." -- Tom Russell
"With a voice that rasps like shoe leather on roadside gravel, and a finger-picked guitar on which notes fly by like railroad ties under a fast moving freight, not to mention a long history of vagabonding behind him, Thad Beckman seems ideally suited to the wandering troubadour's tradition." -- John T. Davis, Austin-American Statesman
"Beckman plays an engaging blend of folk, singer-songwriter and blues music....Beckman has chops, writing talent, a big personality and a bag full of true stories which all dovetail for a cool show." Jim Beal --San Antonio Express-News
"What a great guitar player he is! He also writes interesting and narrative songs." -- Paul Jonker, Rootstown Ezine
"With commanding yet understated vocals as strong as his finger-style guitar playing, Beckman crafts a quietly compelling set." -- Tom Hyslop, Blues Review
"There’s a lot of old-school folk, country, and blues in his writing, and his slightly creaky, weathered voice (which has a bit of a tremulous Willie Nelson quality) gives his songs a timeless authenticity and gravitas. Beckman is an excellent guitarist, whether playing spry fingerpicking lines, tasteful leads, or chopped strums." -- Blair Jackson, Acoustic Guitar